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Pitching leads to demise of Crescenta Valley 10-11 All-Stars in sectionals

Baseball: Locals look good on offense, but struggle on the mound and are eliminated in Section 2 Tournament by San Marino, 9-8.

July 15, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

SHERMAN OAKS — It was never a question of whether the Crescenta Valley 10-11 All-Star baseball team could score runs in the Section 2 Tournament.

In its previous two games in the event, the locals proved to be potent with their bats, putting up 23 runs in a win against San Marino and a loss to Encino.

However, in the loss to Encino, Crescenta Valley struggled on the mound. It was those pitching woes that the squad was hoping wouldn’t come back to haunt it Monday in a rematch against San Marino as a win would put Crescenta Valley into the championship.

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But the Crescenta Valley pitchers couldn’t keep San Marino in check, as the team saw its season come to an end with a 9-8 loss at Sherman Oaks Little League Fields.

The loss ends a successful season for Crescenta Valley, which captured a championship in District 16.

“They should be proud of themselves. They have nothing to be sad about,” Crescenta Valley Coach Dean Baker said. “I think they represented themselves well here in the sections and really showed the other districts they really are a force to be reckoned with in the future.

“This will be our 12-year-old team next year, most likely. With a little more experience and some more playing time together, I think they can come back next season and be successful.”
Despite defeating San Marino, 13-0, in its tournament opener Saturday, Crescenta Valley was taking nothing for granted in Monday’s rematch.

Early on, Crescenta Valley showed it possessed its share of firepower on offense. However, despite holding San Marino to just one run over the course of the first two innings, the Crescenta Valley pitching began to falter, as hurlers surrendered eight runs total in the third and fourth innings.

“They just had great hitting,” said Crescenta Valley’s Nico Koury, who was three for four with two runs scored and a run batted in, about San Marino. “They were just a solid team. We hit good too, but they just hit a little better.”

Crescenta Valley began the game with an offensive burst, as its first four batters got hits. Vincent Parrott led off the game with a double and scored on a base hit to center by Chase Smith (two for four with a double and an RBI). Hunter Cuneo then followed with a single and he was eventually brought home on a hit to center by Devon Ramaker. The final run of the first was scored by Cueno on an infield groundout by Brian Harley.

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